This compact, delightfully illustrated selection of birds from North and South America, Eurasia, Africa, and Australia has a page of descriptive information on each bird combining the factual with the fascinating. Answers to questions like: When does the peacock spread its feathers? Why does the flamingo stand on one leg? Where do Ostriches come from? From what distance can an eagle see its prey? are embedded in each entry. The 79 chromolithographs, part of a private collection, have an appealingly vintage effect.
Anne Jankeliowitch is an environmental engineer. She has been employed in the field of nature conservation for many years, with the World Wildlife Fund in France and abroad, and for Greenpeace. She is the author of TIDES (photographs by Philip Plisson) and SAHARA (photographs by Philippe Bourseiller).